The Planning and Zoning Division and its Boards and Commissions
The Planning and Zoning Division is responsible for planning current and long-range land use in the City of Westerville. Current planning typically involves reviewing plans for new office, commercial, and residential development to ensure that they meet Zoning Code requirements, but includes other application types as well (e.g., conditional uses and parking variances in the Uptown area). Long-range planning typically assumes a broader scope and time frame. The Division is also responsible for ensuring that existing development remains compliant with the Zoning Code, such as meeting requirements regarding lawn care and landscaping.
In carrying out its responsibilities, Planning and Zoning staff provide technical guidance to three City boards: Planning Commission, Board of Zoning Appeals, and the Uptown Review Board.
- The Planning Commission is generally responsible for reviewing new development, projects, or uses in the city.
- The Board of Zoning Appeals is responsible for hearing requests to vary from the standards of the Zoning Code (e.g., setbacks).
- The Uptown Review Board is responsible for reviewing changes in Westerville’s architectural review district, which generally encompasses this historic Westerville area.
A wealth of knowledge is available about property in the City of Westerville. For information specific to the City of Westerville, such as zoning categories, please visit the Westerville GIS Map Room. For information pertaining to specific parcels, such as market and assessed value, date and amount of latest sale, and tax distribution, please visit the respective County Auditor website.
The City Planning and Zoning Code can be found in Part Eleven (Titles One, Three, and Five) of the City Codified Ordinances. To access online, click here. You will be redirected to a third-party site (American Legal Publishing Corporation). Select "Frames" to advance, then select the appropriate section in the Table of Contents along the left side of the screen.
Permits and Forms
The exact needs of your business, whether you are simply relocating to an existing space and need something as simple as a new sign or are building from the ground up, will determine the permitting process, time frame, and necessary forms. To establish which permits and forms you need to complete, contact the Westerville Planning Department at (614) 901-6650.